Great quarterback play is crucial in college football, especially for teams that can’t recruit like Alabama year after year. In its rebuild under Scott Frost, Nebraska lucked out by landing an impressive quarterback right away.
The Huskers had a rough start in year one under the former UCF head coach. However, freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez was a huge bright spot.
Of course, Martinez may only have two or three years left, tops. He’s already getting some very early Heisman buzz heading into 2019.
For Frost, that means the window to win with Martinez is pretty tight. Even off of a 4-8 season, there is pressure to win now.
Scott Frost recently spoke to the media about the importance to win while Nebraska has Adrian Martinez behind center.
From the Omaha World-Herald:
“We feel like we’ve got a really good quarterback and we’re in a hurry to surround him with the type of weapons that we need in order to have a really good offense,” Frost said Tuesday on ESPN 590 AM. “You’re kind of on a clock with that. We feel really good about young quarterbacks, but while we’ve got a guy like Adrian, we want to surround him with as many good weapons as we can and guys that can change games.”
Luckily, things do appear to be heading in the right direction.
The Huskers finished winning four of its last six games, with incredibly tight losses to Ohio State and Iowa in the second half of the season.
The Big Ten West is getting deeper, but a year into the system, with some solid recruiting underway, and the Huskers should start to inch closer to contending for the division. Whether the team can take the leaps that Frost wants into national relevancy while Martinez is on campus is a bigger question.